Since departing Vampire Weekend back in January, songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij—who has operated under the stage name ROSTAM since at least 2011—has been busy with a variety of projects. We’re especially enjoying the songs from his collaboration with Hamilton Leithauser (of The Walkmen). Their album drops September 23rd. Here’s their new video for “A 1000 Times.”
She may or may not be the second coming of Adele or the “female Bon Iver,” as one reviewer noted, but 20-year old Australian songstress Cloves has the voice to deliver. She put out her debut EP XIII late last year after teaming up with producer-du-jour Justin Parker, and fans of the well-crafted torch-song the world over have been holding their collective breath for a full-length release ever since.
Cass McCombs has a history (by some counts, eight albums deep) of writing dynamic, challenging, and nonetheless catchy records that largely defy categorization. Today McCombs releases “Mangy Love,” a record which blends his usual mysticism and melody with, occasionally, more overtly political sentiments.
Massachusetts singer-songwriter Lori McKenna is one of America’s most gifted storytellers, and her most recent record, “The Bird & the Rifle,” continues to stack up critical acclaim. We offer our take, alongside some video and song.
I’ve kept dozens of ticket stubs from concerts and sporting events since the mid-1990s. I’m going to try a little exercise—scanning some of these ticket stubs, then posting the images of the scanned tickets along with my memories—starting with Ryan Adams at the 9:30 Club, October 3rd, 2002.
Fans of American rock and roll will almost certainly recognize Carl Broemel. On most nights, Broemel is staked out stage right, slaying electrifying solos for living legends, My Morning Jacket. But with the band on a post-Waterfall break at the moment, Broemel’s taken the summer to tour behind Ray LaMontagne (along with most of the members of MMJ) as well as ready the release of his second solo album, “4th of July.”
In the end, this video seemed the obvious, best choice for our last Tragically Hip cover, on this evening of the band’s final concert performance. It’s a gymnasium full of children. With harmonies. Some of them are singing via signing, others are acting out being stung by a hornet just for fun. We dare you not to get teary-eyed when you watch. To Hip fans everywhere, we wish you the best; it’s been quite a ride.
The wait is over. Or is it? Four years after releasing his masterpiece “Channel Orange,” Frank Ocean has (apparently) finally dropped its follow-up, “Endless.” The “record” is presented in the format of a 45-minute “visual album” but may be just a prelude; more music more may arrive over the weekend.
In 1995 Mat Sargent (Sham 69, Chelsea and Splodgenessabounds) decided to ask a few fellow musicians to help him put an album together to give something back to the charities that had helped him on his journey in life. Fast forward 21 years, over 200 guest musicians, 40 original songs and the Sex, Drugs and HIV album is here
He was one of the all-time greats. Jazz aficionados, producers, audio engineers the world over mourn the passing of Rudy Van Gelder, one of the most progressive and innovative engineers in history, a man who once claimed to be “associated with more records, technically, than anybody else in the history of the record business.”
Producer, engineer, mixer and author Sylvia Massy has carved something of a niche in the industry as a lover of unusual techniques that go beyond the ordinary realms of production. She recently released ”Recording Unhinged: Creative and Unconventional Recording Techniques,” a book which dares engineers to “unlearn” safe record-making. Included: How to mic a chicken.
Grammy-winning mixer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Metallica) shares 6 key songs by his favorite artists and from his own career and talks about genius, inspiration and dreams come true in a red convertible.
Great River’s Mix Master 20 is a centerpiece for studios employing a small-footprint, hybrid analog/digital approach, offering folks who work primarily in-the-box with many of the features historically found on large-format consoles, from mic amplification to summing to control-room functions. Adam J. Brass takes us through the unit’s specs and affords us some advice on its utility.